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Michael Franken is a proven leader You don’t rise to the rank of admiral, commanding a destroyer squadron and an aircraft carrier without demonstrating exemplary leadership skills, not to … more
Libraries Alive! is a local talk show hosted by Wilton Public Library director Molly Garrett and Musser Public Library director Pamela Collins. A full article about the program, written by by Kathy … more
Governor wants to be Queen Reynolds Gov. Kim Reynolds recently declared she wanted her own Attorney General and Auditor. Duh? Who wouldn’t want to be a government official who wanted their … more
Last week, I created a new event at the Monticello track meet. It was called the “12x100 muddy parking lot” and it featured half the Durant track team pushing a sunken car out of a … more
High school graduation is upon us! Ironically, it was a Wilton High School graduation that first introduced me to the community of Wilton. Exactly 30 years ago this May, I attended Wilton’s … more
Normally, by this time of year, the members of our Iowa Legislature have done the work they decide needs to be done, and then closed the session and gone home. Whether or not you agree with what they … more
In April, the United Nations released its latest comprehensive report on the climate crisis. U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the report by the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change … more
Growing up, I was raised by my mother and my maternal grandmother. Both of their birthdays occurred in May, making the month feel like one long celebration of Mother’s Day. Every year, my … more
Wednesday, April 20, was a whirlwind of a workday. After spending the morning at Wilton Elementary for Leadership Day, I hustled to St. Ambrose University in Davenport to volunteer as a table host … more
A letter in last week’s Advocate News expressed gratitude for Donald Trump and his endorsement of Republican U.S. Senator Charles Grassley. Apparently the author of the letter wasn’t … more
I read with interest Rich Harmsen’s letter in the April 14 issue of the Advocate News. His account of his tears of both joy and sadness, while moving, raises some questions. Was Mr. Harmsen … more
We need to protect our schools and teachers. Schools are the heart of Iowa communities. When rural communities lose their schools, the community dies. No families or businesses want to move to a town … more
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